Thomas Samuels, Class of 1952
Thomas Samuels was born in Sumter, South Carolina. He is currently living in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from JHS 47 in 1952 and earned his Liberal Arts Degree from LaGuardia Community College. He was employed at LaGuardia Community College’s Program for Deaf Adults (PDA). During his 14 years tenure, he held the title of Assistant to The Director, Media Specialist, ASL Program Coordinator, Lab Technician, and PDA Newsletter Editor. He retired in from LaGuardia Community College in 2002.
He is well known in the Deaf and hearing community for his leadership and devotion as an advocator for the rights of Deaf/Hard-of-hearing individuals. He served as president of the National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA), was member of NTID’s Advisory Group (NAG), Representative of Video Relay Services Consumer Association (VRSCA) and is currently the director of NBDA’s Senior Citizens Program. He served on several city and state advisory board and committees. He gave several presentations/workshops locally and nationally to Deaf and hearing organizations, Deaf Senior Citizens, Schools, Colleges, Libraries, and social groups on ADA, Black History, Deaf Culture, and Youth Empowerment.
In recognition of and appreciation for his extraordinary leadership to the Deaf Community, “47” Alumni Association of the Deaf is honored to present the “Hall of Fame Award” to Thomas Samuels.